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NVQ- how do these grades compare to GCSE please?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by emmaohwow, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. emmaohwow

    emmaohwow New commenter

    Hi all, as you can tell, I am new to the world of teaching an NVQ course.
    I stepped in late to get our students coursework submitted on time.
    On results day- our students that were taking a level 2 NVQ got a range of results. These were pass, merit and distinction.

    Can anyone tell me what each of the three are equivalent to at GCSE. I am obviously assuming that a distinction is a 7-9 (something like that). I tried contacting City & Guilds directly- but nothing yet.
  2. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

  3. emmaohwow

    emmaohwow New commenter

    Thanks so much straws- I found the pass points in question!

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  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    roughly pass 1-4, merit 5-6 distinction 7-9, but any individual student can only count 2 such qualifications if giving their total number of qualifications. so if for example, the course may be the equivalent of 4 GCSEs, it only counts as 2, nd if that student has passed other NVQs or BTECs as well, they don't count at all.

    So, someone with distinction in science, and in music, for example, who needs 5 GCSEs (inc English and maths) to progress to A levels, can't count the NVQs as more than 2 GCSEs even if they are supposedly worth 2 each.

    So, if she has English (5), maths (5) Science (equivilant 2 GCSEs) Distinction and music (equivalent of 2 GCSEs) distinction, this person has 4 GCSEs, and is likely to be turned down for A level.

    This is a constant source of friction in enrollment, students adamant their NVQs or BTEC are worth whatever, and getting the reply form us that they just don't count.

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